Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Wishing You a Healthy, Happy New Year!

In 2013, Chicago Cat Rescue will begin our 7th year of helping homeless cats and kittens in Chicago. It seems like such a short time ago that a handful of women began a grassroots rescue organization, united and fueled by our commitment to improve the lives of animals.  Each year, we have grown, helping more and more cats and kittens in need.  To date, we have saved hundreds of lives and found loving, forever homes for many.

But we don't act alone in helping the homeless animals of Chicago.  We are humbled by the wonderful people we have met along the way, who believe in our mission and have offered their support.

As 2012 comes to an end, we'd like to share with you some of the stories that made 2012 such a memorable year for Chicago Cat Rescue.  These stories represent what is at the heart of Chicago Cat Rescue; our animals, our dedicated foster parents and volunteers, and our happy endings.

Lulu's Gang at 10 Days Old
Our Animals

Remember these bundles of joy? Spring is the sign of warm weather ahead, trees blooming, new beginnings - and for those of us who do rescue work - lots of kittens born on the streets!  In the Spring of 2012, Lulu, a very, very pregnant feral cat, was discovered in a north side alley.  It was apparent that time was of the essence to rescue Lulu before her babies were born.  With the help of a neighborhood resident, who spent many nights monitering our trap,  Lulu was caught - and literally, just in the nick of time.  Three days later, this adolescent cat gave birth to seven bouncing babies, infamously known as Lulu's Gang!  Although they were born of and cared for by a feral mom, Lulu's Gang grew up to be social, fun-loving kittens!  Thanks to some upfront persistence and dedication, all seven kittens now enjoy safe, love-filled lives off the streets.  Lulu's story is both an important and a typical one in the world of rescue.  Trapping and sterilizing feral cats, as well as socializing their kittens, helps to stop untold generations of feral felines from living lives of quiet desperation.

Eden with Zambezi / Daniel with Jacque
Our Fosters and Volunteers

Meet Eden and Daniel - foster parents and volunteers extraordinaire!  Chicago Cat Rescue reunited with our former adopters a couple years ago, after they reached out to Chicago Cat Rescue for health advice for one of their cats.  Since then, Eden and Daniel have become an integral part of Chicago Cat Rescue.  Currently, this doting couple fosters a quartet of kittens - Zambezi, Jacque, Gimlet and Max (who are now available for adoption!), help network in our community, seek and secure sources of funding, as well as run all around town to kitty-sit for vacationing foster families! Eden and Daniel also recently added a new feline member to their family, Arlo - who quite possibly might be the luckiest boy in the world!  Thank you, Eden and Daniel, for all your efforts to help!

Handsome Arlo 
A Happy Ending

Meet Arlo!  Arlo was rescued by Chicago Cat Rescue early in 2012, after he was abandoned, along with his three light colored siblings, to a rural pound.  Chicago Cat Rescue received word that Arlo's siblings had been pulled by another rescue group - but this beautiful gray boy had been left behind.  Chicago Cat Rescue claimed Arlo as our own before he was destroyed. Until Arlo arrived in Chicago, we had no idea that this terribly frightened cat had suffered some type of severe trauma.  Based on his scars, it appeared that some type of cord or wire had been pulled through the corners of his mouth.  The poor boy's cheeks bore gaping, infected wounds. The wounds have now healed, as has his soul, as Arlo has found his forever home with Eden and Daniel, our wonderful volunteers and loving caregivers. 

Your support has helped make stories like these possible.  To those of you who have donated money, goods or services, we thank you.  To those of you who have opened your homes to a homeless cat or kitten, we thank you.  To those of you who have volunteered your time, attended a fundraiser or offered up a professional skill, we thank you.  To those of you who feed and care for homeless and feral cats, we thank you.  To those of you who help spread awareness of the issues surrounding pet overpopulation and the challenges faced by homeless animals, we thank you.  And, to those of you who have adopted your furry family members from Chicago Cat Rescue, or another rescue group or shelter in Chicago, we thank you.  Each of us can make a difference in our own way, so please keep up the good work!

We wish it weren't so, but our work never ends.  The need during these difficult economic times is great, and there remains so much more that can and should be done.  In 2013, our commitment to save and improve lives is stronger than ever.  With your help, we will rescue and find forever homes for more cats and kittens, expand our awareness campaign on behalf of homeless black animals who face special challenges, grow our core team of volunteers and foster parents, and develop additional tools that can be shared with our community to empower newcomers to join us in improving the lives of animals.

If you haven't already, be sure to join us on Facebook, so that you can stay abreast of our work and learn how you can join in our mission to help Chicago's homeless cats.  If you are interested in
volunteering or fostering for Chicago Cat Rescue, please contact us - /;'
we'd will be thrilled to hear from

On behalf of the animals, THANK YOU.  We look forward to your continued friendship and support in 2013!  Happy New Year!


Team - Chicago Cat Rescue

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